Next week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. If you own a dog, you need to pay attention because dog bites accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners insurance liability claim dollars paid out in 2012, costing more than $489 million. While the number of bites has declined, the cost of claims continues to rise - the average cost paid out for dog bite claims was $29,752. For more on the ins and outs of insurance issues related to dog ownership, see our prior post, Insurance and Your Dog.
Postal workers - a group of folks who are particularly at risk of dog bites - issued their annual list of top dog attack city rankings, along with their tips for preventing dog bites ... and they certainly have experience in that area. If you haven't yet seen it, visit former mail carrier Ryan Bradford's posting, All the Dogs Want to Kill Me, where he logged snapshots of dogs lurking on his postal route a few years ago. It's pretty amusing, unless you are the postal worker or the gas meter reader who has to face the pets down. Here's a few clips that demonstrate just how territorial and aggressive even seemingly sweet dogs can be over mail deliveries.
In addition to mail carriers, kids are also very vulnerable when it comes to dog bites. Here are some good sites for teaching your kids how to be safe.